SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District, in partnership with the borough, is asking the community to join together for a ‘Light the Fight’ event next Thursday. A ‘field of lights’ set up at the middle school lawn will pay tribute, celebrate, and thank all front line workers during this challenging time.

Last month, the borough council approved a resolution presented by Mayor Matt Anesh encouraging all home and business owners within the borough to ‘light the fight’ to celebrate South Plainfield’s healthcare workers by hanging a strip of lights or placing lanterns or flameless candles in their windows.  In an effort to show additional support, the school district, said Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak, is joining in the effort.

“We wanted to do something special for our front line workers and when Mayor Anesh mentioned the project we were happy to get on board,” said Lishak.

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Through the joint initiative, residents, students, teachers, staff, and business owners are encouraged to donate a candle, which will be lit and placed in the windows and on the lawn of South Plainfield Middle School, beginning at dusk on Thursday, May 14.

“This event provides an opportunity for the community to honor our front line workers by donating a candle for our ‘field of lights,’” said Lishak, noting that all the PTOs throughout the district have also purchased flameless candles to support the community’s front line workers. Those candles will be going in the windows of the schools and lit over the coming days.

Candles for the May 14 ‘Light the Fight’ event can be dropped off at the middle school now through the day of the event and placed on one of the collection tables located outside the main entrance. Please note, all donations must be in glass containers or mason jars so that they can be safely lit. The jars/candles can also be decorated and/or personalized but will not be returned.

“I can only imagine how beautiful the Middle school front lawn will look adorned with all these lit candles,” said Lishak. “What a wonderful way to honor our front line heroes.”

“Our borough’s frontline workers are, day after day, putting their lives at risk to care for patients during this global pandemic and through this ‘Light the Fight’ effort we are encouraging members of our community to recognize their unwavering efforts,” Anesh told TAPinto South Plainfield, adding, “We are thankful to the school district for joining this effort and look forward to a beautiful lighted display in front of the middle school next week to honor of all our frontline heroes.”

In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on Monday, May 18.

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